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DOI:10.1016/S0169-2046(00)00071-2
Web URL(s):http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204600000712
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Author(s):Bonan, Gordon B.
Author Affiliation:National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
Title:The microclimates of a suburban Colorado (USA) landscape and implications for planning and design
Source:Landscape and Urban Planning. Vol. 49, No. 3-4, July 20 2000, p. 97-114.
# of Pages:18
Publishing Information:Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Microclimate; Landscape; Landscape design; Temperatures; Wind; Humidity; Heat stress; Greenbelts
Abstract/Contents:"The microclimates of a suburban Colorado residential landscape were studied to examine the effect of design decisions on temperature, wind speed, and relative humidity. On a hot day typical of summer, vegetated landscape elements were several degrees cooler throughout the day than non-vegetated surfaces. Across the development, dry, native grass landscapes were warmer than irrigated greenbelts and irrigated residential lawns. These data demonstrate the importance of evapotranspiration as a cooling agent in the dry, semi-arid Colorado environment. Extended meteorological measurements throughout the summer suggested housing density created microclimatic differences in the development. Heat generated by built landscape elements was readily vented from a porous neighborhood but not in a denser neighborhood. This study demonstrates that in the semi-arid Colorado environment, the choice of planting material, the design of irrigated greenbelts within a community, and the density of housing all have important consequences in creating thermally-pleasing environments."
Language:English
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Bonan, G. B. 2000. The microclimates of a suburban Colorado (USA) landscape and implications for planning and design. Landscape Urban Plan. 49(3-4):p. 97-114.
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DOI: 10.1016/S0169-2046(00)00071-2
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